The Giro starts tomorrow, one of the three Grand Tours of pro cycling. And, perhaps the most interesting when it comes to following the racers through the wine regions the race visits.
This year the race starts in Denmark and does not touch Italian soil until the 4th stage in Verona. To honor the entry into Italy I will be comparing an Amarone style wine from Oregon (made from Washington grapes) to an Amarone della Valpolicellla. I will post the results of the Lucha Vino matchup after the bout is complete. Early predictions are for the Italian to knock out the New World contendor from Oregon.
Giro d' Italia
- Reply by Lucha Vino, May 26, 2012.
The results of the first Lucha Vino Giro d'Italia Amarone Matchup
The route continued South down the Mediteranean coast visiting several Italian wine regions. I picked Abruzzi as the next region to feature in my weekly matchup. This one featured a Washington Sangiovese taking on an Italian Montepulciano d' Abruzzo.
I will wrap up my feature on the Giro this weekend with a face off between a Washington Barbera and an Italian Barbera from Piedmont.
If you have not been following the Giro this year you have missed an exciting race. Ryder Hesjedal, from Canada, is in second place right now and has become the favorite to win the race. He became the first Canadian to wear the Maglia Rosa (pink leader's jersey) early in this year's Giro and could become the first Canadian to win this Italian Grand Tour!
There are two races left. Saturday covers some of the most famous mountain climbs in Italy. Then the final stage is a Time Trial in Milan. This is the main reason that Hesjedal is the favorite to win the overall - he is the best Time Trialer of the top placed riders on the General Classification.
I'm rooting for Ryder. Let's see what happens!
- Reply by Lucha Vino, Jun 1, 2012.
The conclusion of the Giro was exciting. Unlike last year, which many referred to as a parade through Italy once Alberto Contador gained a time advanage, this year we saw the battle for the overall victory come down to the very last day of the race. Congratulations to Ryder Hesjedal for winning the Giro d'Italia and becoming the first Italian to win one of the three Grand Tours (Giro, Tour de France and Vuelta Espana).
The final installment in my Giro feature focused on Barbera - Washington Barbera v. Piedmont. Check it out, there might be a surprise or two worthy of comparison to Ryder winning the Giro!